Windsurfing with RhinoCAM

RhinoCAM gives Windsurfers on the PWA World Tour a Cutting Edge!

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Michael Wazenski is a Systems Engineer with Northrop Grumman in Annapolis MD, overseeing systems integration projects on some of the most advanced satellite systems in the world including the JWST (James Webb Space Telescope). By night Michael, and his business partner Keith McCulloch operate where he designs the CAD and CAM data to manufacture his custom windsurfing board wave and weed fins. These are not just any fins – Michael’s world class fins are machined at and sold by Tectonics Maui, a confirmed leader in windsurfing boards and gear.

Read the full case study with RhinoCAM project examples here.

Unlike traditional wave surfing boards, windsurf boards travel much faster thru the water so the size, shape and position of each fin is of critical importance. A windsurfer board will have multiple fins, each designed to affect specific drag and lift characteristics which taken together contribute to the board’s performance as it travels through the water. The outer fins for example are asymmetrical giving the inner and outer sides of that fin unique and specific characteristics. Mike found the stock fin designs mounted on the latest production boards to be lacking and felt that he could design a better fin!

The RhinoCAM Difference

Michael originally started out evaluating Mastercam but soon found that software to be both difficult to use and lacking in functionality. That’s when Michael turned to RhinoCAM and MecSoft Corporation. Learning RhinoCAM was not difficult which Michael found to be amazing! Read more below on what Michael Wazenski thinks about his RhinoCAM CNC software.

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“Learning RhinoCAM was not difficult which in itself was amazing. When I first loaded RhinoCAM, it already had a Centroid post-processor for my CNC router. After learning how to create a toolpath, I took the g-code over to my router and it worked great the very first time! This was after I completed an evaluation of Mastercam, uncovering many shortcomings in the software.” Michael Wazenski, Owner/Operator
CNCFins, Annapolis, MD
Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse is an Application Engineer with MecSoft Corporation. Don brings over 20 years of experience in CAD/CAM operations in both automotive and mold design applications. Don also has extensive experience in documenting CAD/CAM products and is actively involved with writing the on-line help as well as creating training tutorials for MecSoft's products.
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